Dear Daughters: On Remembering

                  We had a death in the family this week. That got me thinking about the frailty of life, legacies, and the ways in which we remember the ones we have lost. I have no way of knowing how much you will remember from your childhoods. I don’t know if you...

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Dear Daughters: Tending Your Needs

Most days, I know it can be incomprehensible to think of me as anything other than your mother. After all, that has been the nexus of our relationship since the beginning of your time on earth. But I am, and have always been, so much more than just your mother, with...

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Dear Daughters: Simple Pleasures and Lost Arts

Dear Daughters, It’s a new month in a relatively new year and I am launching this new initiative on my blog called Things I Want My Daughters to Know Thursdays. I’m not entirely sure why I am starting this weekly endeavor—part of me has been feeling a strong pull to...

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The Ebb and Flow of January

Hello all! I don't know about you, but I have a weird relationship with the month of January—always have, probably always will. On one hand, I have the TV commercials, magazine covers, billboards, and all types of gurus screaming at me to LOSE WEIGHT, BUY THE WRINKLE...

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Don’t Trash It—Transform It!

I want to give you an art-based example of life. This post is for anyone who has ever quit just shy of the tipping point or anyone who lets their negative self-talk get in the way of a win. I see it all the time, so I know you are out there—and I hope this post finds...

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ENRICH: My Guiding Star for 2018

I just read over my 2017 Word of the Year blog post, and sometimes I amaze myself with my own words—prophetic, intuitive, well-versed, genuine. Last year was my 10th year picking a word to guide me and ALCHEMY served me very, very well. Where I couldn't readily find...

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White Bread Is For Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

If I think back over my life, the times I struggled the most, the times I felt the least passion for the people and things that mattered, and the times I floundered and felt most hopeless were all tied to stretches where I was simply going through the motions. Many of...

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When Everything That CAN Go Wrong DOES Go Wrong

If you follow me and the Self Esteem Through Art brand through my site or via social media, you know that I have been preparing to launch my first ever online class for women. This is an arena I have wanted to be in for at least the past five years, and I finally...

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The Cost of Staying Small and Pliable

When I launched the Self Esteem Through Art program in 2011, I knew I wanted a successful business but I spent a LOT of time self-sabotaging and allowing others to sabotage me.   I would run a beautifully awesome class for girls, the feedback would be phenomenal, and...

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Lessons From “The Fixer”

When I was in the salon getting my hair done Friday night, I made notice that there were a lot of new faces working there. My hairdresser said, "Oh, that. Well, The Fixer came in and fired so and so and so and so. These are the people that replaced them." The Fixer?!...

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Go Ahead…Jump!

We went to Martha's Vineyard yesterday. It was the first time for all of us and we were all looking forward to experiencing different aspects of the island. Tops on the list for my daughters was jumping off the "Jaws" Bridge and into the water. It's kind of an island...

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